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May 24, 2010

Hayden Christensen on “The Lazarus Effect”

Posted: 02:31 PM ET

By Hayden Christensen

Editors note: More than 20 million people have died of HIV/AIDS in Africa, despite the fact it is now a preventable and treatable disease.  “The Lazarus Effect” campaign features dozens of celebrity artists helping to raise awareness of the value of 40 cents – the cost of antiretroviral medicine needed for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa to survive – by comparing trivial items worth the same amount (a stick of gum, a smear of lipstick, etc).  

I recently went on a trip to Africa and came back with the need to get involved and help raise awareness about AIDS.  I was familiar with the (RED) campaign and the remarkable work they have done and are currently doing and wanted to be a part of it.  One of our initiatives is to raise AIDS awareness through “The Lazarus Effect.”  This inspiring documentary airs tonight on HBO. If you miss it there, you can see it on YouTube afterwards.

“The Lazarus Effect” addresses one of the world’s worst epidemics—AIDS in Africa. It focuses on the transformative effect of antiretroviral medicine and shows us how someone who is severely suffering from AIDS can regain their health in as little as 40 days by simply taking two pills a day that only cost 40 cents. The narrative of the documentary is told from the perspective of patients and doctors who are battling AIDS in their every day life. The story that unfolds in this documentary does not focus on the devastation and despair, but on survival. It shows what the human impact of smart aid programs has been.  

Just eight years ago there were only 50,000 people across the continent who could access ARV (antiretroviral) treatment as it cost over $10,000 a year. Treatment was virtually impossible since the majority of people living in Africa make less than $2 a day.  At that time, AIDS was a death sentence and more than 6,000 people were dying each day from a preventable and treatable disease. Today, that number has been nearly cut in half. Thanks to the efforts of global health organizations the cost of these pills is less than $158 a year. This means that programs offering aid can afford to get them to the millions of people who are in need.

Three million people are on ARV treatment today in Africa, but there are still millions of people across the continent who don’t have access to the basic treatment needed to fight AIDS. They are dying, and the worst part is that treatment is available. This documentary shows what is possible when there is access to treatment.  

I hope people watch the documentary and are inspired to help raise funds to support the incredible programs that ultimately save lives. I urge people to visit JOINRED.COM and learn how they can get involved.

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SHAIARRA   May 24th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

NO XTIAN COMMENTER HAS EVER EFFECTIVE LY ADDRESS THE " IS ITS A SIN AND UNNATURAL THEN WHY DOSE GOD YHVH PUT ESTROGEN IN THE FOOD/WATER/AND AIR SOURCE, for example you dont say street drugs is wrong, THEN put it in the food etc, a chilling effect as the Judicial System would say, Food has become much more easily accessable to all people so the Estrogen amount in males has risen as well, in the prehistoric and ancient and mideval time people did not eat as much, they had to hunt for food daily and many of times come back with little or nothing, not so for today, Fast Food and SuperMarkets makes it far more easier.

So again, why does "GOD" put Estrogen in the Food source then? Its UNJUST to call Same Sex "SIN AND UNNATURAL" when "GOD" the lawgiver puts Behavioral Estrogen Hormones in the Food/Water and Air Sources and BLESSED THEM, so its must be SUPERNATURAL

GOOGLE/ WIKIPEDIA " TWO SPIRIT"

Two-Spirit People (also Two Spirit or Twospirit), is an English term that emerged in 1990, out of the third annual inter-tribal Native American/First Nations gay and lesbian conference, in Winnipeg, to describe Native Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations indigenous groups. The mixed gender roles encompassed by the term historically included wearing the clothing and performing the work associated with both men and women.

A direct translation of the Ojibwe term, Niizh manidoowag, "two-spirited" or "two-spirit" is usually used to indicate a person whose body simultaneously houses a masculine spirit and a feminine spirit. The term can also be used more abstractly, to indicate presence of two contrasting human spirits (such as Warrior and Clan Mother) or two contrasting animal spirits (which, depending on the culture, might be Eagle and Coyote); however, these uses, while descriptive of some aboriginal cultural practices and beliefs, depart somewhat from the 1990 purposes of promoting the term.

THAT WOULD ALSO MEAN Both Natural/ Synthetic sources are the causes, and IT'S NOT REALLY A CHOICE when it's (ESTROGEN) is in 100% of the known Vegan Food Source alone,its Forced Genetics and Hormonal Re-interaction BY NATURAL "GOD YHVH" FOODS, ALL MALES ARE AFFECTED BY IT,

(All Scientist/ MD/ Pharmacist / Psychologist, AMA , FDA, DEPT OF AGRECULTURE etc knows what Estrogen do to ALL MALES ) to some extent AND that it's Naturally (BY "GOD") in Vagan Food Sources FOR MEN TO EAT EFFEMINIZING "GOD" ESTROGEN FOOD SOURCE, IF NOT THEN EXPLAIN "GOD" REASON

The Nay Sayers should look in the Mirror at themselves and not BE Freudian about others while in denile of there own "GOD" ESTROGEN Hormonal Consumption.

ESTROGEN FOOD PRODUCTS THAT EFFECT ALL MALES ARE:Soy (Tofu), Chickpea (Hummus), Lentils, Kidney (red) Beans, Breast Mike, Honey ,Bees Wax, Rye, Barley, Millet Lima Beans, Clover, Flax Seed, Fennel , APPLES, GRAPES, CHERRIES, Yams (Sweet Potatoes), Alfalfa Mushrooms, OLIVES, TOMATOES, MEATS CUCUMBERS, Spices, Berries, Ginger, Turmeric , SAGE, ALL NUTS, FERTILIZERS, PESTICIDES, Rices, Oats, BREWERS YEAST (BEER), Curry, Turmeric, Black Eye Peas, EGGS, WHEAT GARLIC, CARROTS, DATES, Pumkins, PLUMS, LETTUCE, PAPAYA, Spit Peas, Beets, Egg Plants,POTATOES, COOKING OILS, ALL PEPPERS, Pomegranates. a lot of "SOUL FOODS and VEGAN DIETS" "Kosher" "Halal" etc contain these very Vegetables and spices AND THERE ARE MORE

( YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT)


Smith in Oregon   May 24th, 2010 5:31 pm ET

40 cents a day? I rather doubt anyone in America suffering from this disease is only being charged 40 cents a day for their treatment. Republican party led Big Pharma is likely gouging the American Taxpayers for a huge amount of money per month in treatment alone.

This terrible disease is seen as a 'Cash Cow' by Big Pharma and their buddys in the American Medical Association (AMA) MD's who simply see those wasting away as merely Dollar Signs, and another new SUV for them.

The AMA MD's offer HIV-AIDS victims no cure for this disease, they simply MILK them for the last dollar they can, if they or their American Taxpayers supported insurance policy run's dry, they are simply kicked to the curb and replaced by another victim of this disease with money to lose.


RosebeccaAmongstThornes   May 29th, 2010 4:40 am ET

Considering the small amount required to save a living breathing humans life I hope more people rise to this cause. Think of how much people waste each day the things we buy without a second thought at what the change in our pockets means for so many in this world.Atleast this way people can continue to buy the daily things they do in their life but can choose Red products and save a life, give someone hope since sometimes when you deprive someone of hope you have taken away all that they have left. A cure may be down a long long path ahead but it doesnt mean that those living with this disease which they can still be saved from must be treated like the "walking doomed and dead " of this earth. Anyone anywhere can contract this disease it knows no race or gender or class but unfortunately in the case of Africa it has the poorest and weakest amongst us all, the people living there live in a world most of us are lucky enough to never have to understand with burdens we shall never have to bare. These people have no voice without campaigns like the RED campaign they are the silent dead without hope unless people open their hearts . to this cause. These same people find surviving on the most basic level hard enough, lack of food and water and hope is often all they know and then to have such a cruel disease come down upon them is a great tragedy ... that does not need to happen. Its that simple it proventable its treatable and its stopable that is the plain and simple truth of the matter. Trust me to have lost someone from this disease is never easy for anyone anywhere something I know first hand about, but to watch it all around you moving in on you and your loved ones and not being able to even have the hope to live another day... must be a whole different matter. 40 cents is all it takes to save a life such a small thing such a simple hope and such a heartbreaking situation. They can be saved.... if we care to care at all. I hope people care to care and buy RED give hope and save a life.... isnt 40 cents worth that much? ... a life............


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